cleanExperts say that the state of your home is a good indication of your own mental state. If you’re feeling happy and healthy, your home will likely be clean and well-cared for. If you have issues in your life that you’re ignoring, chances are, the state of your home will reflect that through clutter and neglect.

Cleaning and organizing your home is a great place to start if you want to improve your life in 2014. There are a few tips you should know to make sticking to this resolution easier:

Buy Furniture That Works Hard

Some furniture has only one function. For example, some coffee tables are just that, tables. Rather than buying a single-function item, investing in something that offers storage and style, like an ottoman, can help keep the clutter to a minimum in your living room.

Likewise, bed frames that have under-bed storage are a great way to keep clean sheets and towels hidden and organized.

 Schedule Your Deep Cleans

In order to jump-start a year of clean living, you should schedule out the deep cleans in your home. Plan ahead. Have your entire family home to help, and assign them tasks that will make the whole day easier.

When you make a plan for your cleaning spree, it won’t seem as overwhelming when you’re knee-deep in disorganization. Another great part of planning ahead is that you can schedule services to make life easier. For example, if you live in New York, sofa disassembly companies can come disassemble your sofa, remove it from your home and reassemble it the next day. Getting your big furniture out of the way makes it easier to clean and organize.

You will likely need a couple deep-cleaning days a year to make sure you stay on top of your dust bunnies.

Saturday and Sunday Are for Cleaning

Rooms like the bathroom and kitchen should be cleaned once a month. Other rooms should be vacuumed and dusted each week. Rather than making one day a week a torturous cleaning experience, divide your time. This Saturday, dust your living and bed rooms. Sunday, dedicate an hour to your bathroom. That way you can still have a good time on the weekend and it’s less overwhelming to stay on top of your home hygiene.

Don’t Be Sentimental

Here’s the deal about Grandma’s old couch: either invest in the furniture reupholstery services needed to make it gorgeous, or toss it. Keeping old items lying around your house just because they have meaning to you is a recipe for cluttered living. If you really want to keep your kid’s art projects, get one small container for each child, and store them in that. When you run out of room in the container, it’s time to review your picks and downsize.

Once you dedicate yourself to living in a clean home, you’ll be surprised how much happier and healthier you’ll feel in other aspects of your life!